Schubert Winterreise staged – Matthias Goerne + MORE

 

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CD Spotlight. An Absolute Delight + MORE

Svjatoslav Richter plays Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'Remind yourself that these are live recordings from 1954-60 and you will enjoy this disc.'.... More »
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Audience development + MORE

Halloween came a bit early in Los Angeles, as a group of people attired in the manner of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange made their presence felt at a performance of Beethoven's Ninth in Disney Hall. Concertgoers stopped and gawked, but failed to be scandalized. An older gentleman called ou.... More »
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Born to be Vlad + MORE

On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bNmNniIDsk Born on this day in 1916 tenor Gerhard Unger http://www.youtube.com/.... More »
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Pianist Richard Alston performs 'My Tribute' (To God Be The Glory) of Andraé E. Crouch (1942-2015), arranged by Dino Kartsonakis, YouTube (3:41) + MORE

Andraé E. Crouch (1942-2015)(www.last.fm)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5G0ix7JtPg&feature=em-share_video_userUploaded on Dec 28, 2008Richard Alston, pianist performs "My Tribute" (To God Be The Glory) by Andre Crouch arranged by Dino Kartsonakis. Please visit my web site www.richardcals.... More »
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Methodological Certitude in Nazi Opera Conspiracies: "He Knew Every Single Word"... + MORE

Some readers will be left wondering why it is that I keep writing about Nazi opera conspiracy theories. The answer is that it opens up a lot of philosophical and political questions that have nothing to do with Wagner at all. These have to do with questions about the relationship between culture and.... More »

Her Majesty meets her new Master

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Her Majesty meets her new MasterPicture released by Buckingham Palace, via the PA.

Caption: The Queen with composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and composer Judith Weir at Buckingham Palace to mark Sir Peter handing over the post of Master of The Queen’s Musick to Ms Weir, 22 July 2014.

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Robert Farnon: Portrait of a Flirt

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Robert Farnon: Portrait of a FlirtI find it almost impossible to believe that I have not written a post about Robert Farnon’s most popular work –Portrait of a Flirt. It was one of the first pieces of light music that struck me at a time when I was more concerned with Bach’s organ music and Wagner’s operas. (The first was Coronation Scot by Vivian Ellis…

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from July 22 to 29 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter. Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from…

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Reading the silence - aspects of Handel's sexualityHandel as a young man in ItalyThe issue of Handel’s sexuality is one that continues to fascinate musicologists & music historians. We might say, what does it matter? But the issue certainly seems to bother people, particularly the idea of Handel’s sexuality being anything other than normative. Knowing more about who and what Handel cared for would perhaps help us to shed more illumination on his somewhat elusive personal life…

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Schubert Winterreise staged – Matthias Goerne

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Schubert Winterreise with a difference! Matthias Goerne sang Schubert Winterreise with pianist Markus Hinterhäuser at the Aix en Provence Festival with a background of projected images designed by Sabine Theunissen, directed by William Kentridge. Not that there’s much to direct. Goerne sings as he would normally, only occasionally turning to gaze at the scenery behind him…

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Theater Review: ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane,’ a Jewish Girl’s War Story“The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at 59E59 Theaters, is about a Jewish girl who escapes Vienna on the kindertransport and finds refuge in music while living without her family in London.

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 Salzburg Festival (1) – Haydn: Die Schöpfung.Soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus (chorus master: Peter Dijkstra), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 18.7.2014 (MB) Camilla Tilling (soprano) Mark Padmore (tenor) Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) Bernard Haitink has waited until late his career to perform some of the greatest masterpieces of the choral repertoire…

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Stephan Asbury leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a rehearsal of John Adams’s “Slonimsky’s Earbox.”

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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 PROM 5: R. Strauss, Dvořák, Beethoven: Julia Fischer (violin); Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 21.7.2014 (CS) R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major (Pastoral)   When in 1879 he set about composing a new concerto for violin, Antonin Dvořák […]

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Alison Balsom: We have lost a Hollywood superstar

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Alison Balsom: We have lost a Hollywood superstarThe trumpet virtuoso has sent us these reflections on the death of Rod Franks, former principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra.

 
 
I first met Rod Franks when I was a star-struck teenager in the NYO – where he simply dazzled us with his terrific playing, his intriguing tales of touring, concerts, mischief he got up to with his colleagues, and famous conductors, but also simply his encouraging and powerful, gentle and inspiring, boldly brilliant teaching and coaching…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 40: Julia Fischer plays the PromsBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Julia Fischer performed the Dvorák at the BBC PromsThe Telegraph: “In the following piece, Dvorák’s violin concerto, the limelight was seized by a very different kind of musicianship, as imperiously virtuoso and blazingly energised as Zinman was relaxed…

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We were pleased to learn that Evren Ozel, a participant in this year’s Minnesota Varsity showcase, is a finalist in the concerto round of the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition, a competition for young musicians ages 13-18 at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

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